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Floods continue

Friday, October 19, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt issued a local declaration of disaster Thursday, as flooding in the area continued. Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a state of emergency in 18 Texas counties, and in a letter to Abbott, Eckhardt explained, “While response operations are still underway, it is my belief that damage to homes, businesses, public infrastructure and property due to rain and flood water constitutes a potential public health and safety hazard. I have declared a local disaster due to flooding. I have determined the incident will be of such severity that effective recovery will be beyond Travis County’s capability without State and/or federal Assistance. Additionally, I certify that Travis County does not have local funding available to make the needed repairs and to provide these citizens effective relief. Your assistance in this emergency, as it affects the safety and health of our citizens, would be greatly appreciated.” Meanwhile, the city has closed Barton Springs Pool and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. A ban on recreational craft on Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis has been extended until next week. Up-to-date information on flooding and closures can be found at atxfloods.com.

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